Friday, November 11, 2011

Post Traumatic Stress Relief

Imagine that you‘ve just gone through one of the most stressful times of your life. Maybe you were diagnosed with a serious illness, went through a divorce, lost a loved one in death, been through an inappropriate sexual experience or experienced some other tragedy or life changing event. If these scenarios haven’t occurred in your life, maybe you’ve been under some other type of chronic stress for some time. You don’t sleep well, your stomach is upset, you feel anxious and unhappy more often than you’d like. No matter the cause, stress will leave its mark. How do we go on with our lives?

Many underestimate the powerful ability of stress to alter your state of mind, well-being and over-all health. When I went through a stressful event, I thought that eating well and taking my vitamins more regularly would do the trick and get me back to “normal”. While it’s a good idea to take care of yourself and eat healthy when you’ve gone through a stressful event, the mental and emotional effects stress cannot be ignored. I learned that with Post Traumatic Stress, your brain has been stressed and it can be very difficult to get better, maybe even impossible without help. The trauma you’ve experienced will stay with you until you face it head on. Maybe what has worked for me won’t work for everyone. Here are a few ideas:

1. Admit that you’re not doing so well. Tell someone you trust what’s been bothering you. Think about why the events you went through affected you personally.

2. See a professional if necessary.

3. Exercise with the focus on relaxation and not with your objective on achieving weight loss goals. You can do that later

4. Take advantage of remedies that help with stress reduction. (I bought a nice aromatherapy diffuser).

5. Breathing exercises are very important for reducing anxiety. There is a lot of information on this. Try breathing in slowly and deeply. Exhale with your tongue touching the back of your front teeth. Do this for 5 minutes as often as needed.

6. Of course if you’re a spiritual person, prayer is vital.

7. When you feel better, try to shift the focus off of yourself and back on to helping others and living in the moment. Focus on family, friends and other things you enjoy in life.

Vitamins, Herbs and Glandulars

What are glandulars? Glandulars are different from vitamins and herbs in the sense that they are targeting the endocrine system in particular. Glandulars are often used for improving glandular function in bodies that have been worn out from stress. Glandular therapy involves the use of purified extracts from the secretory endocrine glands from animals. Most commonly, the extracts are drawn from the thyroid and adrenal glands, as well as the thymus, pituitary, pancreas and ovaries. Most of these extracts come from cows, with the exception of pancreatic glandular preparations usually drawn from sheep.

Why Glandulars Work

Evidence has shown that large molecules can and do pass completely intact from the intestinal tract to the bloodstream. In fact, there is further evidence to suggest that your body is able to determine which molecules need to absorb whole, and which can be broken down. So, yes, glandulars can have a positive effect on the body. In essence, the active properties of the glandulars stay active and intact and are not destroyed in the digestive process. This is key to the success of glandular therapy and explains why they help restore hormone function by supporting the health of the adrenal glands themselves.

You may not have noticed glandulars for on the shelves at Health Food Stores. The best brands are available by prescription from practitioners in the field of Natural Health. You may call a chiropractor to see if they carry the brands Standard Process, or other trusted brands. They may recommend an adrenal preparation for you. It is advisable to arrange an appointment to see which recommendations are best for you. Always choose a practitioner who makes you feel comfortable. (Many seem to have their own agenda in some way.) Make sure they aren’t pushy and care about you and your health, so as not to cause you further stress. (You may also want to check amazon.com for adrenal complex by Standard Process).

Diet, exercise and vitamins also play a part in improving adrenal function. For more support, consider taking 1,000 mg of buffered vitamin C daily with a meal, 25-100 mg of a vitamin B complex a day, and an additional 250 mg of B5 (pantothenic acid) twice a day.

References:
Dr. Susan Lark's Hormone Revolution by Susan M. Lark MD
http://helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm

Disclaimer:
Those seeking help for specific medical conditions are advised to consult a qualified nutrition therapist, clinical nutritionist, doctor, or equivalent health care professional.
The recommendations given here are intended solely as education and information, and should not be taken as medical advice. Neither myself nor the sources mentioned accept liability for those who choose to self-prescribe.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease either physical or mental.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! For me #7 seems to work the best even when I'm under what some would consider chronic stress. I also have found my new passion as a blogger to be highly therapeutic. Thanks for the information on grandulars. Do they have side effects?

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